The top nine teams played against each other during a 2-year cycle to decide the fate of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final. India and New Zealand have emerged as the two finalists of the tournament. India began their campaign with a 2-0 Test win against Bangladesh.
They went on to secure 7 consecutive wins before New Zealand put a stop to their winning run. They fought well but their chances of making it into the final weren’t decided until their final Test match against England. India are coming into the final on the back of a 3-1 Test series against England.
New Zealand, too, on the other hand, are coming off a series win. They recently defeated England 1-0 in England, a feat achieved for the first time since 1998. They would be brimming with confidence ahead of the WTC final.
India and England have played against each other in 59 Test matches, of which India have managed to win 21 games. New Zealand, on the other hand, have won on 12 occasions. 26 games resulted in draws.
New Zealand’s batting unit has been further strengthened with the inclusion of Devon Conway. The top-order look solid which comprises of Tom Latham, Conway, Williamson and Taylor. The bowling unit is equally top class. India would be wary of the New Zealand pace-attack, which comprise of Trent Boult, Southee, Jamieson and Neil Wagner.
India, too, comprise of some of the best batsmen in Test Cricket. With Virat Kohli not in the best of form, the onus would be on the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara to come good on the big stage.
India and New Zealand play the ICC World Test Championship final from 18th June and 22nd June 2021 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton.